Fifty is the new favorite age to be. This is up from 41 years old just ten years ago.
Could it be that Baby Boomers have always loved themselves so much that they now even love their age and aging? That’s fabulous news of course for Boomers and Seniors. Discriminated against in the past…those days will (hopefully) be history. In just ten years the most favorite age just may be 60…etc. etc.
This recent survey was conducted as an internet poll by the Today Show. People were asked if they could live healthy at a certain age forever, what would that age be? Those who were 49-67 thought 55 was best. Those 68+ chose 67. Men chose 47, while women chose 53.
Psychologist Barbara Becker Holstein, from Long Branch, N.J., noted that “50 is the new 30 to 35”. She added that research indicates that there is less depression, anxiety and more optimism among older individuals.
Is ageism turning around? There are enough Baby Boomers who are aging, turning 60+ to realize that ageism awareness is a process that is coming into its own.
Carol Orsborn, quoted in Positive Aging Newsletter Nov-Dec 2012, noted that Baby Boomers “can alter the tide of negativity. She further recommended that satire or jokes that poke fun, infantilize or marginalize aging or older people is discriminatory. We are so accustomed to seeing and hearing these absurd jokes, that we all laugh…laughing at ourselves.
We are accustomed to laughing at ourselves. Is this just what we do because we feel foolish and laughable, or, are we nervously trying to be okay with habits and happenings that are scary or worrisome?
As a psychologist I think that humor is always a very healthy behavior. It lightens up times when too much seriousness can be oppressing. But there is a point and a message within humor that needs to be observed. An example can be that for African-Americans there can be humor that evokes a warm sense of family and cultural traditions. But, if humor is centered on “black-face” or Amos and Andy type of portrayal, its not funny.
Boomers will be the messengers for aging today and tomorrow. What is acceptable humor…what is not?
We would love to hear from our readers regarding their feelings about turning 50, or 55, or 65 etc? What are your feelings about how we Boomers and Seniors are portrayed?
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